HTC HD2 Extended Battery Review

The HTC HD2 has been one of the most popular devices of the last 12 months.  Some may think that it is a bit of an old phone now with the release of Windows Phone 7 devices etc, but this is not the case, its a very current product and offers a great feature set on the stable Windows 6.5.3 mobile platform.

With all newer devices especially those with big screens, battery life is an issue that many users will have come to loathe no doubt.  For the most demanding users, many will be carrying spare batteries or chargers for the car, office or home.

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New HTC Sense features for Desire Z and Desire HD

The HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z have not yet been released, but already the new version of HTC sense that they will ship with has been installed on an HD2, giving a few indications of what the updated version of the love-it or hate-it custom skin will offer on HTC’s new superphones:

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Recent Apps in the notification bar (Above Top)

This screen looks as though it shows your recent apps in the notification bar – could help with multitasking.

Leap adjustments (Above Bottom)

The Desire HD FroYo Sense ROM appears to offer some modifications to Leap, the Sense feature that allows you to switch quickly between homescreens.

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HTCSense.com log in (Above Top)

HTCSense.com (which isn’t actually live yet) is a cloud back up service that will be introduced using the new sense, allowing you to back up data such as text messages, or track your device if its lost.

HTC Reader App (Above Bottom)

Allows you to download and read ePub and PDF documents, although there is already a Kindle app available for Android.

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HTC Likes apps (Above Top)

A much needed improvement to the Android marketplace. Hopefully it won’t be too long until the whole marketplace gets a revamp, but for the time being additions such as HTC Likes will help. This feature of the new sense displays recommended apps and lets you give them the thumbs up if you like them, Facebook-style.

Skins for homescreen (Above Bottom)

This feature makes customization easy on the new Desire devices. Included skins are metal and varnished wood, with extras available to download.

Via Electric Pig

X-Mini II Speaker Now In Stock at Clove

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The X-Mini II Speaker is now in stock at Clove.co.uk, pictured to the left with the Motorola FLIPOUT. This really is a must-have gadget for anyone owning a Smartphone, or any other portable music device such as an iPod.

This handy little gadget is guaranteed to impress friends and family the first time you show them. If they’re not impressed, its probably because they’ve already got one. If that is the case, you’ll be able to connect the speakers together, thanks to the X-Mini II’s ‘Buddy jack’.

The X-Mini II is connected to your device with a 3.5mm Jack, the same jack used by a pair of headphones. It also has a 3.5mm jack of its own, meaning you can plug as many additional speakers into each other as you like.

The design of the X-Mini II really is very neat and you’ll be amazed at the sound quality it provides given that it’s little bigger than a golf ball and is powered by a rechargeable battery. P1000133

When not being used, the 3.5mm cable tucks under the bottom of the speaker, preventing it from tangling or getting damaged while in your pocket. The X-Mini II also sports a mini-USB port, which is used to recharge the device. A single charge can provide up to 11 hours of music playback, again impressive given its size.

At just £20 + VAT you will not be disappointed with the X-Mini II Speaker. It’s perfect for any device with a 3.5mm jack and a superb addition to large screen device such as the HTC Desire, HTC HD2 and Samsung Galaxy S that are ideal for video playback.

Update for HTC HD2 Annually Recurring Calendar Appointments

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This update for the HTC HD2 allows you to set recurring calendar appointments year on year. Please see the following instructions and head over to HTC support to download the update.

Installation Instructions:

Note: This update is only applicable to HTC HD2 (Not applicable to T-Mobile HTC HD2)
Follow the instructions below to download and install the update on your device:

  1. Make sure you have Microsoft ActiveSync® installed on your Windows XP PC or Windows Mobile Device Center on your Windows Vista® PC. You can find Microsoft ActiveSync from this link or Windows Mobile Device Center from this link.
  2. Connect and synchronize your device with your PC via Microsoft ActiveSync® or Windows Mobile Device Center using the USB cable.
  3. To download this update select the update below and the location closest to you then click Download.
  4. Copy the update, which is an .exe file, to your device. To install the update, tap the .exe file and follow the on-screen instructions.

Note: If you perform a device hard reset, you will need to reinstall the update after the hard reset.

HTC HD2 running Android 2.1, Android 2.2 & HTC Sense

PLEASE NOTE: APPLYING THIRD PARTY ROMS OR ROOTING YOUR DEVICE WILL VOID YOUR WARRANTY WITH HTC. IF YOU DO APPLY ANY CUSTOM ROMS AS IN THE VIDEO BELOW IT IS AT YOUR OWN RISK.

For a long time, an HTC HD2 running Android has sounded too good to be true. Now, thanks to XDA Developers forum, there is a custom ROM allowing you to run Android 2.1 or 2.2 with HTC Sense as well. Going by the videos posted on AndroidCommunity, the ROMs seem to function pretty well, although the site does note:

There are still issues with each, including audio issues during calls and – on the Froyo build – some 3G problems, so these may not be everyday ROMs for you, but the good news is that the 1GHz Snapdragon processor in the HD2 keeps them running as slickly as you’d find on a Nexus One or Desire.

The chances are you’ll have an HTC Desire or Samsung Galaxy S I9000 if you do want Android on a big screen, but nonetheless its nice to see another good piece of kit (the HD2) running the Android OS.

Via AndroidCommunity

How long should a smartphone battery last?

via PDA247.

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This is a good article from Steve Lichfield over at All About Symbian. The article talks about the current standard of battery life in mobile phones and discusses whether or not the life provided by some devices is acceptable.

As we are starting to see devices with larger, brighter screens, faster processors and more powerful applications, it is understandable that battery life on such devices will suffer. The point that Steve makes is that one of the fundamental requirements of a mobile device is that a full charge gets you through at least one day. With some of the new devices this is not the case and users have complained about devices dying before they are able to charge it at the end of the day.

Of some of the most recent devices, the battery life of the HTC HD2 has been highlighted as being insufficient. One solution to this is to use and extended battery for the device. HTC have released an official BP E400 battery with a kickstand, which is a very nice product but is experiencing severe manufacturing delay. We can now offer a third party HTC HD2 extended battery, which has also had some production delays but is now in stock. An extended battery is probably the best solution to extend/improve battery life, but we also offer other solutions where possible. These include cradles with a slot to charge a spare battery and emergency/portable charge packs.

We try to offer both official and third party extended batteries for as many products as possible and usually find that the latter are available approximately 4-8 weeks after a product launch.

Let us know your views on device battery life in the post comments and also head over to All About Symbian to read the full article from Steve Litchfield.

HTC Desire demand outrunning supply & HD2 issues.

In case you hadn’t realised, demand for the HTC Desire has been far exceeding supply since the device was released and Mobile News have now published this report on the issue.

Every batch of stock that we have received has been almost entirely pre-sold and at the moment this shows no sign of changing. If you’re one of those that’s been lucky enough to receive HTC’s latest Android offering, I’m sure you’ll understand why. While the lack of stock is frustrating, it does go someway to show the popularity of the device and the uptake that Android has had in general.

From the Mobile News Report:

‘The HTC Desire was backed by the Taiwanese firm’s biggest-ever marketing campaign at launch, twinned with the HTC Legend. It said sales since launch have been double that of any other HTC device in an equivalent timeframe’.

The report also goes on to talk about some problems with HD2 repairs, although this isn’t a problem that has been that apparent to us.

HTC Accessories – Now in Stock and Shipping

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We have today received into stock a number of lines from HTC which you may have eagerly been waiting for.

After much today the following items are now available for purchase:

HTC Desire PO S520 Pouch Case – £12 + VAT – NOW IN STOCK

HTC Desire SP P360 Screen Protector – £7 + VAT – All sold – more stock due in 10 days. Backorder advised.

HTC Desire Alu-Leather Flip Case – £20 + VAT – All sold – more due next week. Backorder advised.

HTC Legend SP P340 Screen Protector – £7 + VAT  – NOW IN STOCK

HTC Legend Alu-Leather Flip Case – £20 + VAT – NOW IN STOCK

HTC HD mini SP P350 Screen Protector – £7+ VAT – NOW IN STOCK

HTC HD2 CU S400 Car Kit – £55 + VAT – All sold – more stock due next week. Backorder advised.

HTC HD2 BP E400 Battery – £35 + VAT – All sold more stock due next week. Backorder advised.

Stock are limited on many lines so we do advise acting quickly to avoid disappointment.

HTC HD2 CU S400 Car Upgrade Kit – First stock has arrived

We can confirm that the first of the HTC HD2 CU S400 Car Upgrade Kits have arrived into stock.

Unfortuantely not enough stock has arrived to date to to cover all our backorders but we expect more o arrive over the coming weeks.

We will begin shipping backorder’s immediately.  If you ordered before 01/01/2010 yours will be sent out.  Later orders will be dispatched as and when more stock arrives.

If you have not ordered yet, we do encourage you to place advanced orders for the stock we have coming in as these kits will be in limited supply for the next 6 weeks.

For more information and to order yours CLICK HERE

HTC HD2 Extended Battery

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Arriving next week – An unofficial extended battery for the HTC HD2.

Overview of HTC HD2 Extended Battery (2400mAh)

Is your HTC HD2 battery running out of life quickly? Wish it would last that bit longer?

With the extended HTC HD2 battery from Cameron Sino, you can ensure your HTC HD2 remains powered and functional for longer.

At just under double the capacity of the original, this 2400mAh extended battery will allow you to work, without need for recharging for almost twice as long.  It even has 100mAh capacity more than the HTC official extended battery.

Physically thicker than the original this battery comes complete with a replacement back cover.  The battery cover does not have a kickstand like the official extended battery.

Features of HTC HD2 Extended Battery (2400mAh)
  • Specifically designed for the HTC HD2
  • 2400mAh capacity, almost double that of the standard battery
  • Comes complete with a replacement back cover for the HD2.

Fed up of waiting for the HTC HD2 official extended battery  then order this third party solution now.

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